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Brooklyn Castle

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Katie Dellamaggiore

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About the Movie

Imagine a school where the cool kids are the chess team! Welcome to I.S. 318. This irresistibly uplifting doc tells the stories of five members of the chess team at an inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories. These are kids that you will not soon forget. A FilmBuff Presentation.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 52
  • Fresh: 50
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It's deeply satisfying watching these public school, hard-knock kids win, and Ms. Dellamaggiore knows it. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Oct 18, 2012

Fresh: Beyond telling the touching stories of these unlikely champions, Brooklyn Castle serves to raise a battle cry for funding for after-school programs. – Kayla Webley, TIME Magazine, Oct 23, 2012

Fresh: An irresistibly uplifting doc. – Joe Leydon, Variety, Nov 1, 2012

Fresh: It's a wonderful documentary look at an astonishingly successful public-school chess program that manages to be more moving and heartening than you expect. Which is saying a lot. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Oct 25, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Amazing story!

This is very inspiring, although sad at times. Love the success of the unexpected.


A wonderful documentary about kids and educators and families and hope and America.

Bravo chess kids

No matter win or lose, they are all good fighters in their whole life!

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